On key labor anniversary, many old conflicts remain

Commentary | April 30, 2008 | By Marilyn Watkins | Everett Herald

We've made a lot of progress since 1886, but history has a funny way of cycling back on us. That first Labor Day occurred at a time of economic and political turmoil. Markets were increasingly globalized. Mass immigration seemed to threaten American identity. Workplace standards - or lack thereof - left many working families struggling. Terrorists threw bombs and the government cracked down on civil liberties in the name of greater security. In other words, it was a time in many ways like our own.

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